Long Trail Ale | Long Trail Brewing Co.

Long Trail AleLong Trail Ale
BA SCORE
3.56/5
1,338 Ratings
Long Trail AleLong Trail Ale
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Long Trail Brewing Co.
Vermont, United States
longtrail.com

Style: Altbier

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
Long Trail Ale is a full-bodied amber ale modeled after the “Alt-biers” of Düsseldorf, Germany. Our top fermenting yeast and cold finishing temperature result in a complex, yet clean, full flavor. Originally introduced in November of 1989, Long Trail Ale beer quickly became, and remains, the largest selling craft-brew in Vermont. It is a multiple medal winner at the Great American Beer Festival.

25 IBU

Added by BeerAdvocate on 03-26-2002

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#38,984
Reviews:
422
Ratings:
1,338
pDev:
12.64%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
21
Gots:
290
Trade:
0
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User Ratings & Reviews
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Ratings: 1,338 |  Reviews: 422
Photo of SaltofOH
3.95/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Bottle; date is scratched off; think it's 03/03/17. 12 oz. Nonic pint. Note: bottle says 5% ABV.

A: pours a brilliant, clear dark amber with two fingers of foamy off-white head. Loads of streaming carbonation. Lacing is epic.

S: smells awesome! Sweet bready malt, some fruity esters, a very English hop aroma. Smells a lot like Sam Adams Boston Ale or Left Hand Sawtooth.

T: much like the aroma, mildly sweet on the arrival; malty, bready middle with floral hop aspects; really more prounounced floral, earthy, and woody English hop flavor than expected. Not too bitter to begin with at the end, but on the aftertaste a medicinal hop bitterness begins to build that seems to become more pronounced the farther you get from the swallow.

M: soft, heavier side of medium bodied, lower carbonation than the appearance suggests. Slick finish. Perhaps a little heavy for the style.

O: this is one of those beers that reminds me of where craft beer began. For that reason alone, I love it. Bready, English medicinal hoppy, easy drinking. It is not as enjoyable to me as SABL or Sawtooth, and is about as available to me. I'd even put this below Bell's amber, Censored, and Boont Amber, which have a more American hop profile. Still, I would enjoy it as a single when the mood strikes.

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Photo of Blackop555
3.62/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours deep amber. Thick, tall, white head fades after a bit to a lasting cap.

Smells toasted malts, earthy and grainy.

Tastes grainy, malty, earthy bitterness. Finish is dry with a bitter and bready linger. Medium body and fizzy higher carbonation.

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Photo of DrewSnyc667
3.71/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of brewnme
3.52/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of mmorris15
3.65/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of deeman13
4.1/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of tekstr1der
3.67/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Light brown pour with minimal head. Aroma is malty and grainy with a mild chem and/or meat smell - like a frying pan used to cook burgers the day before. Thankfully that's missing in the flavor which is nicely malty with just enough hop to balance slightly on the sweet side. Feel/finish is okay with lingering toasted flavor.

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Photo of jwhancher
3.39/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Picked up a single bottle at the Long Trail brewery back in late January 2017. Bottle on date of 1/12/17 with review on 3/10/17. Kept cold since that time. Pours a clear amber color with okay head that leaves some lacing. Smells of baked bread with some caramel and just a touch of cinnamon and allspice. Tastes malty, as per aroma, with some earthy hops and a balanced bitterness that lingers. Feels medium bodied that's quite sessionable. Overall, it's a solid beer just not one that is really exciteable. Probably excellent early on during the craft beer craze, this one is still a delight to have as the style isn't really brewed in craft beer circles.

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Photo of rangerred
3.71/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of haines710
3.79/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Karibourgeois
3/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of McBraniel
3.5/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Nucleosynthesis
3.84/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of electrobop
3.75/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of AndrewKiser
4.5/5  rDev +26.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Another great American Altbier

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Photo of bdiiorio
3.5/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of jbertsch
4.06/5  rDev +14%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of VAbrookiechaser
3.73/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of von_kaiser
3.53/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Darrin_Smith
4/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of dsshuck
3.4/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of a77cj7
3.5/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Phantom2665
3/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of George2744
3.47/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Holderness
3.72/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

L -- clear dark amber with a moderate off-white head. Moderate lacing.
S -- oats, malt, slight sulfur
T -- decently hoppy with a nice malt backbone and hints of brown bread. Very classic amber ale taste
F -- Smooth with no lingering finish. Mild mouthfeel
O -- Fairly nondescript in profile, but nothing very negative can be said about it either

75/100

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Long Trail Ale from Long Trail Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 3.56 out of 5 with 1,338 ratings
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